Close to Home for Feb. 24-25


You’ve got a few hours over the weekend and are looking for a nearby diversion – something that doesn’t require reservations or a tank of gas. Welcome to Close to Home! Each week we’ll highlight the quick, quaint and quirky events in your neighborhood. Email submissions to CommunityNews@ajc.com.

Milton Mayor’s Run

Milton Mayor’s Run: Jog for a Cause. 6:45 a.m. registration (cash only), 7:30 a.m. Saturday. $30. Freedom Park, corner of Deerfield Parkway and Webb Road, Milton. Co-sponsored by North Point Pediatrics, this 5K and Tot Trot will include T-shirts, food and fluids for participants. Funds raised will be used to fight childhood cancer. Courtney Spriggs at 678-242-2533 or Courtney.Spriggs@CityOfMiltonGa.us. Applications: JogForACause5K.com.

Wiphan Warthog Waddle Runs in Roswell

Wiphan Warthog Waddle 5K and Fun Run. 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. 5K Run/Walk, 8:45 a.m. Fun Run Saturday. $30 for 5K, $15 for Fun Run. Fellowship Bible Church, 480 W. Crossville Road, Roswell. Funds raised will benefit the 900 orphans and vulnerable children, educated by Roswell-based Wiphan, who are living in the compounds of Zambia and Kenya. info@wiphan.org.

Tossed Out Treasures Sale in Sandy Springs

Tossed Out Treasures Sale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Former Ray’s restaurant, 6450 Powers Ferry Road NW, Sandy Springs. Presented by the Sandy Springs Society, this 27th annual upscale resale event will offer deep bargains on gently-used, high-end items such as home décor, jewelry, silver, crystal, sports equipment, art, furniture and clothing. 770-594-6820, TossedOutTreasures2013@gmail.com, SandySpringsSociety.org/tossed-out-treasures.

Tree planting in Acworth

Tree planting by Keep Cobb Beautiful. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. North Cobb Senior Center, 900 South Main St., Acworth. 770-528-1135, KeepCobbBeautiful.org.

Memories Day in Acworth

Black History Month: Memories Day. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. George Washington Carver Park, 3900 Bartow Carver Road, Acworth. Founded in 1950, this park was Georgia’s first state park for Black Americans who enjoyed “The Beach” from 1950 to 1975. In 1950, the nearest African-American recreational site, American Beach, was a 700-mile round trip from Atlanta. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had completed Allatoona Dam; and Georgia State Parks leased 1,457 acres that became Red Top Mountain State Park and an additional 345 acres to create this park. In 1970, the park was removed from Georgia’s park system and its lease was transferred to Bartow County as Bartow Carver Park. Families are encouraged to bring photos, videos and memorabilia from the park’s early days to share. The celebration will include representations of other historic places along with what is hoped to become a Black History Trail in Bartow County. Also, the African American Quilt Documentation Project is requesting guests to bring heirloom quilts to be documented as a part of their preservation efforts. 770-387-1357, VisitCartersvilleGa.org/gwcp.

Roswell Green Expo

Roswell Green Expo. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Hosted by the city of Roswell and Keep Roswell Beautiful (KRB), this sixth annual event will help participants learn more about incorporating environmentally responsible, sustainable practices and products into their homes and daily lives at this family-friendly event. RoswellGreenExpo.org.

  • The Green Market, showcasing many local and regional vendors, artisans, nonprofit organizations and a diverse array of environmentally friendly services and products.
  • Costumed characters, including “KiRBy” from Keep Roswell Beautiful, city of Roswell’s Roz the Squirrel and Sparky the Fire Dog.
  • KRB’s Earth Balloon and other child-friendly activities.
  • Pottery demonstrations.
  • Puppet show.
  • A Nissan LEAF from Regal Nissan of Roswell.
  • Drawings and giveaways.
  • A Green Garage filled with plug-ins, hybrids and electric bicycles from Regal Nissan, United BMW, Carriage Kia and Roswell Bicycles.
  • Historic Roswell Kiwanis will be collecting books and blankets. Bring new or gently used children’s or young adult books for the Little Library at Roswell Area Park and blankets for the animals at Angels Among Us Pet Rescue.

Cars & Culture in Lawrenceville

Cars & Culture meetup and fundraising event. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Sugarloaf Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, Sugarloaf Mills and the Atlanta Muscle Car Club are hosting this event to help active-duty service members and veterans. View vehicles from various decades. Donations: bit.ly/CarsAndCultureWWP. simon.com/SugarLoafMills.

Polar Plunge in Acworth

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Georgia. 11 a.m. register, 1 p.m. event Saturday. Acworth Beach, Cauble Park, 4425 Beach St., Acworth. Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Sign up: PlungeGa.org. SpecialOlympicsGA.org.

Children’s puppet play in Atlanta

“Rainforest Adventures.” Through March 4. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays. $11.25 to $19.50. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. By Jon Ludwig, Stephanie Kaskel Bogle and Raylynn Hughes. All ages, 2 and up, must have a ticket. puppet.org/buy-tickets/2017-18/rainforest-adventures.

Flower Show in Atlanta

Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday. Included with garden admission: $21.95/adults, $15.95/ages 3 to 12, free/under age 3. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. An indoor, juried competition, this show will honor Pat Hartrampf for her devotion to flower shows in Atlanta. 404-876-5859, atlantabg.org/visit/events/flower-show.

Wounded Warrior fundraiser in Lawrenceville

Cars & Culture meetup and fundraising event. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Free. Sugarloaf Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, Sugarloaf Mills and the Atlanta Muscle Car Club are hosting this event to help active-duty service members and veterans. View vehicles from various decades. Donations: bit.ly/CarsAndCultureWWP. simon.com/SugarLoafMills.

Gwinnett Bicentennial in Norcross

Gwinnett County Bicentennial festivities in Norcross. This second oldest city in Gwinnett is the first to be placed on the Register of Historic Places. APlaceToImagine.com.

  • Dedication Ceremony. Noon Saturday. Free. Norcross Museum and Welcome Center, 189 Lawrenceville St., Norcross. Florence Warbington Green’s original painting of Norcross’ historic downtown will be dedicated. The painting is on extended loan to the center.
  • Cemetery Tour. 1 p.m. Saturday. Free. Norcross City Cemetery, 110 S. Cemetery St. Local historian and tour guide Gene Ramsay will discuss Norcross area residents of years past on this walking tour of the cemetery that dates to the 1800s. Ramsay is co-author of the book “Images of America: Norcross.”

Black History Month Parade in Atlanta

Black History Month Parade. 1 p.m. Saturday. Begins at Hurt Park, 25 Courtland St. SE and ends at Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Baker Street. African-American heritage will be observed through marching band performances, guest speakers and floats in this largest celebration of African-American History Month in the Southeast. 404-478-7820, info@BlackHistoryMonthParade.com.

Children’s play in Atlanta

Family Series: “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.” 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. $10 to $21. Synchronicity Theatre, One Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. Every Friday is PJs & Play when children are invited to dress in pajamas and enjoy free milk and cookies baked fresh by Rising Roll Cafe. See the tale of a vain porcelain rabbit who learns how to love and discovers a miracle in Dwayne Hartford’s adaptation of the award-winning book by Kate DiCamillo. Suitable for ages 3 and older. Tickets: 404-484-8636, SynchroTheatre.com.

Underground Railroad in Cumming

Taking Another Look at the Underground Railroad. 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Forsyth County Public Library, 585 Dahlonega St., Cumming. Speaking will be Southeast Regional Manager Sheri Jackson of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program from the National Park Service. Jackson works to preserve and tell the stories of the Underground Railroad. 770-781-9840, forsythpl.org.

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ in Tyrone

“Million Dollar Quartet.” 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $15 to $45. Legacy Theatre, 1175 Senoia Road, Suite C, Tyrone. Rated PG for mild adult language, this musical play is inspired by the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the one and only time with many rock ‘n’ roll hits. Tickets: 404-895-1473, TicketPeak.com/legacy. TheLegacyTheatre.org.

Ida B. Wells play in McDonough

“The Ladies Car: The Story of Ida B. Wells” stage play. 7 p.m. Saturday. $25, $40 VIP. Henry County Performing Arts Center, 37 Lemon St., McDonough. Written by Tiana L. Ferrell, descendant of Wells, the play highlights Wells’ victory with the Chesapeake, Ohio & Southwestern Railroad Company in the 1880s over racial segregation. An African-American journalist and newspaper editor, she was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. Tickets: freshtix.com/events/the-ladies-car-stage-play.

Musical comedy play in Marietta

“It Shoulda Been You.” 8 p.m. Saturday. $30. Out of Box Theatre, Artisan Resource Center, 585 Cobb Pkwy S., Marietta. A musical comedy set at the wedding of a Jewish bride and a Catholic groom. 678-653-4605, OutOfBoxTheatre.com.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ musical in Fairburn

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” musical. 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Sunday sold out). $12, $18. Southside Theatre Guild, 20 W. Campbellton St., Fairburn. 770-969-0956, stgplays.com.

Romantic musical comedy in Marietta

“First Date.” 8 p.m. Saturday. $25. Marietta Theatre Company, Lyric Studio on the Square, 12 Powder Springs St., Marietta. A romantic musical comedy. 678-664-9343, MariettaTheatre.com.

Southern comedy play in Cumming

“Southern Sirens: A Southern Comedy.” 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $22.50 to $25 plus 7 percent tax. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. Every year middle-aged ladies have an all-girls’ beach getaway. This year they devise a plan to lure local homewrecker Dixie Lynn Lee to the beach to teach her a lesson. Tickets: 770-781-9178, PlayhouseCumming.com.

151st Church Anniversary in McDonough

151st Church Anniversary. 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 397 Racetrack Road, McDonough. The day’s theme is “Honoring Our Heritage with Thanksgiving and Praise (Psalm 100:4).” Guest speaker will be Gregory Clark Ellison II, professor of Pastoral Care at Candler School of Theology and author of the new book “Fearless Dialogues.” The Rev. William Bert Neal III is the senior pastor. 770-957-4728, WesleyMcD.org.

Hunger Walk Run in Atlanta

Hunger Walk Run. Noon registration, 2 p.m. 5K Walk/Run Sunday. $25 to $30 walker, $35 to $40 runner. Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta. Proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Lutheran Services of Georgia. Jeff Smythe at 404-867-7785 or jsmythe@lsga.org, acfb.org.

Free Family Festival in Decatur

Free Family Festival. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. Hosted by the center and the Alliance Theater, the event will include a performance of “The Jungle Book” directed by Rosemary Newcott. Families can join the Arts Partners of the Woodruff Arts Center for art-making classes, acting and creative movement workshops and community performances. Register: 404-733-5000, AllianceTheatre.org/festival. DeKalb Parks Public Education Specialist LaShanda Davis at 404-371-3643 or lsdavis@DeKalbCountyGa.gov.

‘History with Elizabeth’ in Newnan

“History with Elizabeth” Book Signing. 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Carnegie Library, 1 LaGrange St., Newnan. Local historian Elizabeth Allen Beers will hold a book signing for her new book “History with Elizabeth at the Carnegie.” Register: carnegie@CityOfNewnan.org.

Negro League mementos in Sandy Springs

Sports Memorabilia. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs. Teens and adults are invited to view a collection of sports memorabilia from the Negro League courtesy of a local resident and collector. This program is a part of Roswell Roots’ month-long celebration. 404-303-6130, afpls.org.

Powder Springs Bridal Expo

Powder Springs Bridal Expo. 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Ford Reception Hall and Vaughn Cultural Arts Center, 4181 Atlanta St., Powder Springs behind the Powder Springs Library. CityOfPowderSprings.org/578/Events.

Black History program in Marietta

Black History Month program: “African Americans in Times of War.” 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Old Zion Heritage Museum, corner of Haynes Street and Lemon Street near Zion Baptist Church, Marietta. Co-sponsored by American Legion Post 296, the program will include the Marietta High School JROTC Color Guard. Veterans and active-duty military personnel also will be honored, and the community is invited to participate in the singing of patriotic songs. MariettaGa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1534.

Teen Gavel Club in Alpharetta

Teen Gavel Club: Learning the Art of Public Speaking. 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. In partnership with the Alpharetta Toastmasters, teens, ages 12 to 19, can learn how to improve their public speaking skills. 404-613-6735, afpls.org.

Dance performance in Atlanta

“I Am Somebody” by Total Dance Company. 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Sadie G. Mays Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1821 Anderson Ave. NW, Atlanta. Presented in honor of Black History Month, this interactive dance performance will include Modern, African and Mojah-style dances interlaced with poetry and live drumming. Under the direction of founder Terri “Ajile” Axam, the program will be performed by dancers from the youth, teen and professional companies of Total Dance. 404-794-2477, sgmays.org.

Spirituals concert in Atlanta

An Evening of Spirituals. 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Saint Philip African Methodist Episcopalian Church, 240 Candler Road, Atlanta. This concert will feature the Negro Spiritual as led by Saint Philip’s Choir 1, the Inspirational Voices from Berean Seventh-Day Adventist Church, the Big Bethel Chorale from Big Bethel A.M.E. Church, the Chancel Choir from East Point First Mallalieu United Methodist Church, the Celestial Choir from Greenforest Community Baptist Church, The Bell Choir from Mount Calvary Baptist Church and the Adult Choir from Conyers Seventh-Day Adventist Church. L’Tanya Moore-Copeland at 404-371-0749 ext. 8423, info@SaintPhilip.org.

Sankofa Salute in Atlanta

Sankofa: A Salute to the Music of Black Composers. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Free. Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, 4945 High Point Road NE, Atlanta. Artful songs and spiritual arrangements of opera singers from the Atlanta Opera Chorus and Capital City Opera as well as music educators will be highlighted. The performance will be based on the guiding principle of “sankofa,” a Ghanaian Twi word that translates to “we have to go back to get something in order to go forward.” 404-252-3324, HighPointEpiscopalChurch.org.



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